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Iroquois Indian Museum

324 Caverns Road, Howes Cave, NY 12092
518-296-8949
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Ranked #2 of 2 attractions in Howes Cave
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Iroquois Indian Museum building is a work of art designed in the shape and spirit of the old longhouses that once graced the valleys of upstate... more » Owner description: The Iroquois Indian Museum building is a work of art designed in the shape and spirit of the old longhouses that once graced the valleys of upstate New York. Visitors walk through the Museum in a counter- clockwise direction mimicking Skywoman’s movements as she created earth on Turtle’s back. Archeology exhibits focus on the ancestors of the Iroquois from 10,000 years ago until European contact. History exhibits highlight the men’s realm of hunting, warfare, chieftainships, and games and the women’s realm of the longhouse, the clans, the crops, and politics. The Museum represents the worlds most comprehensive collection of modern Iroquois art work. This collection celebrates the ancient unity of the Iroquois still expressed in the creative spirit of today’s artists. A special interactive Children’s area introduces young visitors to Iroquois traditions through a variety of crafts, games and technologies. A guide posted Nature Park of 45 acres is open year round for walks, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Lovely small museum celebrating and honoring the Iroquois culture. This was my second visit to the museum. Exhibits are informative, art work enjoyable. Gift shop generally ok. Small space used very well. Stop here if you are in the Cobleskill area.

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Delevan, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A great learning experience on the history and traditions of the Iroquois nation. Hands on learning for the children.

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Malden Bridge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Just a couple of mins from Howe Caverns, this is worth a stop. If you have kids, do the old/new matching game on the lower level to generate some thinking about what the artifacts were used for. Then the stuff upstairs might be of more interest to them.

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Bethel, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Great place to learn of the Iroquois Culture. Had seen this afew times long ago and had to return with my children to pass down a great culture.

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We traveled an hour to visit this museum. The price was reasonable and there was plenty to see and do. Lots of fun things for children to do too. Many brief but informative postings and a super turtle pool downstairs. If you don't know the significance, you will learn the story there. Nice gift shop and displays. We enjoyed our... More

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Montreal, Quebec
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Nice place to visit and see Iroquois artifacts, handicrafts, books, etc. Lovely countryside setting.

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Liverpool, New York, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

It was just a lot of historical items in display cases. There was nothing interactive or engaging for the $8 we paid. They did have a "pond" with 8 turtles in it. My local museum is much more informative and entertaining.

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Troy, New York
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13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

For anyone who wants to learn about the native peoples in upstate New York, this is definitely the place to visit. The Iroquois Nation was so influential in this area of the US before the European invasion and even into the early 19th century. I like that the exhibits show the past and also the current culture of the tribes... More

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you live nearby it is well worth taking a Membership to help support the Museum. As another person stated - it is most worthwhile when they have special events and social dance during the summer months, otherwise the admission price for a family can be pricey.

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Clarksville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I started bringing my grandchildren here - to learn about the Iroquois nation - and learn to appreciate their stories.

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